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New director of Bob Murphy Access Center helps students ‘find their voice’

Accessibility on a campus seemingly always under construction requires someone to build metaphorical bridges before they are finished. Newly appointed director of the Bob Murphy Access Center, Carmen Valera looks to assist over 1,500 students this semester with their academic and personal goals. The Daily 49er sat down with Valera to talk about her background, the challenges she faces following the former director David Sanfilippo and fulfilling moments she has had with students. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? The way this began for me was 25 years ago when my kids were very small and I found out they had learning disabilities. It's a pretty involved disability in elementary school, so it was my entry in the world of disability as a young mom. My personal life has paralleled my career life. This was very personal because these were kids. How do I figure how to advocate for my kids? The biggest lesson that I learned was that the immediate first placement they wanted for my kids was a segregated environment. Historically, people with disabilities have been fighting against segregation to be included into the regular community. What that meant for me as a parent was:

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